PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) 33 million Americans-and a large number of them from West Virginia-suffer from chronic lung diseases like asthma and COPD.
Wednesday, Camden Clark Medical Center hosted a health fair to help people and their caregivers dealing with respiratory illnesses.
The hospital had advice for those suffering from those diseases of its treatment and support for COPD patients.
"We have four pulmonologists who are on call 24/7," said Andrea Greynolds, a hospital respiratory therapist, "and once the patient is discharged from the hospital, we have our pulmonary clinic where those pulmonologists follow up with their patients."
"There are environmental issues that can contribute to that, and someone susceptible to COPD could develop it," says Chaste Barclay, Youth Program Director for the American Lung Association. "There are many different ways, mainly tobacco.">
The American Lung Association sponsored the program Wednesday along with CCMC.
In addition to eliminating tobacco use, its goals include defeating lung cancer, reducing the burden of lung disease on patients and their families, and improving the air we breathe.